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Wrappings, papers, badges & ribbons. Collections of Royal Academy & Artist handmade cards.

 

 

Valentine ribbons

Ribbons!

Brass & Copper Kaweco Liliput fountain pens with leather pouch. J.Herbin cartridge tins (in 20 colours) & a William Brown 'Getting to know you' card.

Brass & Copper Kaweco Liliput fountain pens with leather pouch. J.Herbin cartridge tins (in 20 colours) & a William Brown ‘Getting to know you‘ card.

One-off SIlver jewellery pieces by Syann van Niftrik, John Derian postcards & just glimpsed below handmade earthenware ceramics by Clementina van der Walt.

One-off SIlver jewellery pieces by Syann van Niftrik, John Derian postcards & just glimpsed below handmade earthenware ceramics by Clementina van der Walt.

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Love from WalesDydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus!

Each year on the 25th January Wales celebrates St Dwynwen’s Day, a day that holds a tragic love story that should be rejoiced for the selfless act of one young woman called Dwynwen.

Dwynwen is the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers, who had the misfortune of having her heart broken. Betrothed to someone other than her lover, Maelon, her father refused to consent her marriage to him. Maelon directed his anger towards his sweet love, causing her much distress and further heartbreak. Dwynwen wanted nothing more than to forget her love, so whilst she slept an Angel came down and gave her a potion in which would erase her memories of Maelon and turn him to ice.

Despite herself, when she woke up she was horrified to see him as an ice sculpture and begged something be done. The angel granted her three wishes; the first was that Maelon be thawed and for him to forget her; her second, to have God look kindly on the hopes and dreams of true lovers whilst mending the broken hearts of the spurned; and the third was for her to never marry, but to devote the remainder of her life to God, as thanks for saving Maelon.

Dwynwen founded a church there, remains of which can still be seen today. After her death she was declared the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers and ever since, Welsh lovers have looked to St Dwynwen for her help in courting their true love, or for forgetting a false one.

 

valentines 11Wrappings by… John Derian, Arthouse, Jessie Chorley, Cornelia O’Donovan RCA & Caius Shaw RCA

Hand-printed, stitched cards by Cornelia O’Donovan RCAFor You, With Love

Gifts…

‘Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils’ by Ann Swan

The Art Shop Botanical Starter Kit – perfect for beginners

Fabriano Venezia Sketchbook – smooth Fabriano Accademia drawing paper 200gsm in stitched sections

‘Hollywood Unseen’ by Dance Robert. Showcasing an extraordinary collection of hidden photographic gems from Hollywood film studios of the 20’s -50’s

window 11John Derian & Co  pins, postcards & wrap

Prestel’s ‘The Green Florilegium’ – with 400 illustrations

Assortments of ribbons, garlands & lots more…

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valentine newsLove is something eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence‘ Vincent van Gogh

‘I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street’ W H Auden

valentines collectionValentine’s day collections – cards, postcards, ribbons, strings, little wrapped gifts & small works of art…

…a piece of exquisite, hand-stitched jewellery by Amanda Caines, a book of Welsh poetry, a hand-thrown cup by James Burnett-Stuart (‘Of all pots the cup is the one we have the most intimate relation with. We raise it to our lips, we cradle it, we wash it.  Daily, several times a day. We have favourites.’), a hand painted bead necklace by Louise Brosnan RCA, a small box of pink, violet & orange Unison soft pastels, a Kaweco fountain pen, design from 1935 (a friendship for generations), a pocket Moleskine Japanese Concertina sketchbook, a limited edition metal box of Conte a Paris sketching crayons, a John Derian ‘Love’ badge… be romantic.

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